Four Falls

Four Falls
City: Boulder Creek
Park: Big Basin Redwoods SP
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Sunday, April 20, 2008 @ 11:00 AM
CarPool meets @ 8:30 AM

Event Notes:

This is an EXPLORATORY HIKE. Bring snacks or lunch. Dress in layers. Allow extra travel time. Sunset occurs earlier than you may be used to in the park - you are advised to carry a flashlight as a safety precaution. Carpool departs at 8:45AM

Contact: John Bondon
Cell Phone: (925) 457-7717

Trail Notes:

This will be a 11 mile loop of strenuous - moderate difficulty. We will take the Skyline to the Sea Trail from the park headquarters and cross over to the Sunset Trail from the Berry Creek Falls Trail. The hike climbs 400 ft. in the first half-mile and then falls about 1000 ft. in elevation within 3.5 miles to the Berry Creek Falls. The trip from there will be a series of ups and down as we recover the lost elevation.

This trail affords hikers one of the best opportunities to experience the wide range of habitats represented in Big Basin. Deep in beautiful Big Basin Redwoods State Park are a series of four cascades: Golden Falls, named for their lovely golden shimmer; Cascade Falls, the most dramatic of the falls, dropping a breathtaking 80 feet; Silver Falls, a silvery cascade; and Berry Creek Falls, the lower falls and perhaps the prettiest of the four. Together, the falls drop over 200 feet, creating a refreshing pool for park visitors to rest beside.

Note: Be sure to steer clear of the closed areas at the bottom of the falls; they can be dangerous. If the bridge to Berry Creek Falls is closed we will take a de-trour to Timms Creek Trail -Sunset Trail. This will add another half hour to the hike.

Directions to Trailhead:

From the South or East Bay:
The park is approximately 80 miles south of Walnut Creek. Take 680 South towards San Jose. Take the MISSION BLVD WEST exit toward I-880/ WARM SPRINGS DISTRICT/ UC EXTENSION (.5 miles). Merge onto MISSION BLVD/ CA-262 W (.7 miles). Merge onto I-880 S toward SAN JOSE (13 miles), I-880 S becomes CA-17 S (9.8 miles). Take the exit toward BEAR CREEK ROAD, Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MONTEVINA RD. Turn LEFT onto BEAR CREEK RD(12.9 miles). Turn LEFT onto CA-9. Turn RIGHT onto BIG BASIN WAY/ CA-236 and continue on this road for 9 miles until you come to Park Headquarters.

From San Fransisco:
The park is 65 miles south of San Francisco. Take either the 101 freeway south or 280 freeway south. From there take the 85 freeway south. Exit 85 at Saratoga Road. Turn right and head west on Saratoga Road. After a few miles, you'll encounter a signal. Pick up Highway 9 here; take a right to get on Highway 9 and drive through the quaint shopping area of Saratoga. The road then begins to climb into the mountains. Stay on 9 as it winds through the mountains for 12 miles. You will then see a sign for Highway 236/Big Basin. Turn right onto Highway 236 and continue on this road for 9 miles until you come to Park Headquarters.

TrailHead Parking Fee: $6.00 per vehicle

CarPool Directions to Civic Executive Center:

From Antioch/Pittsburg, take Hwy 4 West to Hwy 680 South. Take the North Main Street exit in Walnut Creek (exit #47). Bear SOUTHbound on North Main Street (right lane) (or rightt turn if you reach the stop light). You will cross back over the freeway. Get into the far left hand lane. Turn left onto Parkside Drive (stop light), then right turn onto North Civic Drive (2nd stoplight). Pass 7-11 on the right. Next driveway after the stoplight is 201 N Civic Drive. Turn right into parking lot.

From San Ramon/Dublin, take Hwy 680 North towards Walnut Creek. Or from Berkeley/Orinda, take Hwy 24 East towards Walnut Creek. Exit at Ygnacio Valley Road. At bottom of offramp (stoplight) turn right onto Ygnacio Valley Road, follow until you reach Civic Drive. Left at Civic. Drive about a block, turn left into the Civic Executive Center lot (3 story building).

Click Here for a Map to CarPool Meeting Spot

The trailhead information on this page was last updated Saturday, April 19, 2008.